Lt. Gov. Ramsey urges Rick Perry to run for president

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 4:46pm

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey urged Texas Gov. Rick Perry to run for president Wednesday after attending a meeting with Perry in San Antonio. 

“With the stakes this high, I don’t think any of us have the luxury of standing on the sidelines in the upcoming election,” Ramsey said in a statement. “Our country is at the edge of a precipice. We can either allow President Obama to drive us into the abyss, or we can stand our ground and take our country back. 

“I believe Gov. Perry to be the man best suited to lead this fight. If the governor sees fit to make the decision many expect him to, I let him know today that I’ll be there to support him in any way I can.”

Ramsey is the first major Tennessee Republican to announce a favorite in the presidential race. Gov. Bill Haslam has said he might endorse someone, but not anytime soon.

Ramsey also took the opportunity to defend Perry for supporting Al Gore for president in 1988. Perry was his state's 1988 campaign chairman for then-U.S. Sen. Gore's first run at the presidency.

“That’s just silly,” Ramsey said of any criticism of Perry on this score. “The Al Gore of 1988 wasn’t the Al Gore of today or even the Al Gore of 2000. Al Gore is a political chameleon, and back in the '80s he was doing everything he could to convince conservatives that he was their representative in the Democratic Party.

“Let’s remember, Ronald Reagan was a Democrat once upon a time. Now he’s a conservative hero to millions of Republicans. Look at Gov. Perry’s record since 1990. Is it more Al Gore or more Ronald Reagan? The man’s record speaks for itself.” 

22 Comments on this post:

By: Mag77 on 8/10/11 at 3:51

The last thing this country needs is another bible-thumping moron from Texas.

By: T-BONE on 8/10/11 at 5:04

Another MORON tex-ass nut cake who hears Jesus voices in his head? The last "JESUS NUT" from Texas "screwed" this country good! ...we don't need another one! Go ahead and succeed from the union RICKY BOY!
We all know their GOD is...$$$$$$$$$$$ Ramsey likes "Peacocking" around in his "little boy" cowboy boots too! GROW UP!

By: pswindle on 8/10/11 at 9:17

Can you even think of Perry as President? Anyone that Ramsey is for, you had better head for the hills. Perry is a Tea Party, Bible thumbing nut. He has the same mentality of Bush. Brrr!

By: truthtold on 8/11/11 at 4:29

WOW! I hope no one from another state reads these immature comments and thinks all Tennesseans are totally stupid. Please don't label me by the above comments. I can't think of a worst driver to have in charge than the one we have now. If Bush was bad, then Obama is mega bad. And to label all Texan's as being like Bush is childish. Everyone should be judged on their own merits. Even the mentally challenged should be aware, by now, that things are getting worse by the day. Does Jimmy Carter come to mind? You can't spend your way out of bankruptcy. The government is the most irresponsible entity with money I have ever seen. Why would we ever what to give them another dime, until they are responsible with what they already have.

By: Funditto on 8/11/11 at 5:43

Maybe Mr. Ramsey should take his boots and guns and move on down to Texas.

By: treehugger7 on 8/11/11 at 6:54

If only...!

By: Moonglow1 on 8/11/11 at 7:31

Moonglow1: Rick Perry is a fraud playing to the ultra right wing fringe of our society. We do not need a huckster for president. What we do need is to vote Ramsey out of office. Get these tea nut fake Christian crackpots on a plane and drop them over the Middle East where they have something in common with the other hard right wing nuts (the Taliban) on that side of the world.

By: jlight523 on 8/11/11 at 7:45

There was a reason I didn't want Ron Ramsey to become TN Governor. This crap reminds me what that reason was. And quit blaming Obama. It takes two to tango and he's not the only one screwing over the American people with these political games!

By: budlight on 8/11/11 at 7:52

This looks like a one sided event.
For those of you who are not familiar with God, I'd suggest you start studying up on Him and on what He has done for you and can do in your lives. If you don't believe in God, at least have respect for those of us who do believe.

My biggest concern with Rick Perry is his endorsement of the super highway that will allow truckers from Mexico to come into the U.S. with no type of checks and balance. They will be able to transport whatever! Does anyone have any information on that issue?

By: Navy on 8/11/11 at 8:28

The people of TN. voted Ron Ramsey in so quit complaining and vote him out next time

By: Nitzche on 8/11/11 at 9:08

no, we need a koran thumping muslim from ??

By: budlight on 8/11/11 at 9:58

Nitzche did you know that 99% of the Muslim population has never been invited into the home of a Christian family? God created all of us, so maybe the radical muslims have not heard the message yet! I'd say we need more people out there working towards letting people know that God does exist and He created all of us.

I just saw a video from a former athiest who is a renound scientist. He has now got a lot of documentation proving the existence of God, the creation by God and it's backed up by the Bible and scientific studies and other scientists. Amazing!

By: sickofstupidity on 8/11/11 at 10:21

Ron Ramsey is a moronic, lazy-eyed hick auctioneer from podunk who needs to stop emparrassing himself and Tennessee. What a bumpkin.

By: tn.native on 8/11/11 at 10:43

Jesus, please protect me from your followers.

By: richgoose on 8/11/11 at 11:51

The Republicans can run Abraham Lincoln and the underclass majority voters would choose Attila the Hun if he ran on the Democratic welfare ticket.

There is no beating Obama in 2012. The only hope for productive Americans is to win Congressional and Senate seats to offset the assault upon them by Obama.

By: dargent7 on 8/11/11 at 11:58

Let's totaly ruin the country.
A Perry/ Palin ticket in 2012.
That way, with a "P" on the towels, they won't know who's bath towels are who's.

By: Gimmeabreak on 8/11/11 at 12:09

Just because Perry prays and reads the Bible, doesn't make him a nut. I give him a lot of credit, It took guts to organize "The Response", especially if he's plans on running for President.

By: Nitzche on 8/11/11 at 12:20

no invite because no dynamite for them?

By: joe41 on 8/11/11 at 3:10

I hate to be the bearer of bad new Ramsey, but Rick Perry has already made his mind up and he doesn't need help from you.

By: Ingleweird on 8/11/11 at 3:40

Newsflash - the people of Tennessee most certainly DID NOT elect Lieutenant Moron Ron Ramsey to office. The Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee is elected by the members of the Tennessee Senate.

Remember, it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. Thanks for playing!

By: T-BONE on 8/11/11 at 4:17

From the movie "Geronimo: An American Legend".....

"I don't see how any man can sink that low.
Must be Texans, lowest form of white man there is."

By: Erwinna on 8/24/11 at 8:51

Lt Gov Ramsey should be recalled or impeached for this act. It doesn't matter if he used official TN letterhead or anything else. He is the Lt Gov.. That makes his endorsement of his former Democratic buddy Rick Perry an official act.

Most any other government employee or military member anywhere would be summarily dismissed for endorsing a presidential candidate.

The people of Tenn decide their choice for presidential candidate in the primary election. We don't need a political dictator to do it for us.

Lt Gov Ramsey has committed a blatant abuse of power and disrespected the voters of Tennessee.

Apology isn't enough. If he doesn't officially retract his endorsement, he should be impeached or recalled.